Right-hander Livan Hernandez, who pitched parts of 17 seasons in the major leagues, including four with the San Francisco Giants, will reportedly announce his retirement on Thursday.
According to MLB.com, Hernandez will make his announcement official on Thursday in the Washington Nationals spring training camp, where he is coaching Nationals pitchers this spring.
The 39-year-old Cuban defected in 1996 and signed with the then-Florida Marlins, making his big league debut that September.
He was runner-up for National League Rookie of the Year in 1997 and was the Most Valuable Player of both the NLCS and World Series as the Marlins won their first World Series title.
The durable Hernandez was an All-Star for the Montreal Expos in 2004 and again after the franchise relocated to Washington in 2005. He threw the first pitch in Nationals history against the Phillies on April 4, 2005.
The Giants traded him to the Expos during spring training in 2003 along with third baseman-catcher Edwards Guzman in exchange for pitcher Jim Brower and a player to be named later, who turned out to be pitcher Matt Blank.
Here are Hernandez’s totals with the Giants and his career line:
|SFG (4 yrs)||45||45||4.44||110||110||12||5||746.1||819||368||71||250||484||92||1.432|
Hernandez also pitched for the Diamondbacks, Twins, Rockies, Mets, Braves and Brewers, as well as a second stint in Washington. He last pitched in the majors in 2012.
According to baseball-reference.com, Hernandez is one of just eight pitchers to make Opening Day starts for four different franchises since 1914. He started three openers for the Giants, four for the Expos/Nationals, one for the Marlins and one for the Twins.